un long fleuve tranquille – French expression

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la vie n’est pas un long fleuve tranquille –  it ain’t no picnic – Mot du Jour

la vie n’est pas un long fleuve tranquille – the life isn’t a long river peaceful/quiet. In everyday French, la vie n’est pas un long fleuve tranquille means ‘ a situation that isn’t easy to deal with.

This expression comes from ”la vie est un long fleuve tranquille”, a 1988  cult comedy movie directed by Étienne Chatiliez. Dont’ t miss it if you have the opportunity to see it.

  • « Ma voiture est en panne, et le mécanicien fait le pont cette semaine. La vie n’est pas un long fleuve tranquille, j’te l’dis ! »
    • ” My car broke down, and the mechanic is taking a long paid weekend this week. Life ain’t no picnic, I’m telling you!”


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